The workshop was attended by a number of senior officials from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey graced by Mr. Nihat Gul–Deputy Undersecretary and from within the UAE, Her Excellency the Turkish Consul General in Dubai Ms. Elif Comoglu Ulgen.
The event was also attended by a number of governmental agencies and private companies working in the tourism sector from all over the Republic of Turkey and has also received significant turnout from travel companies and internal and external tour organizers from the United Arab Emirates; putting forward many future strategies for joint cooperation and development tourism movements between the two countries on both short-term and long-term runs.
Turkey, which has recently been ranked by the World Tourism Organization as the sixth most famous global tourist destination, is participating regularly in UAE events in many exhibitions and regional conferences in order to support the development of tourism to Turkey. Among these annual participations include the Arabian Travel Market exhibition (ATM), the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) and many others.
The previous years have witnessed a marked increase in the number of tourists from the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) to Turkey as indicated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s official statistics. Mr. Sedat Gonulluoglu, the Cultural & Information Attaché of the Turkish Culture & Information Office in Dubai, said: "Turkey has received 37.7 million tourists in 2012, this goes in line with the Republic’s goal to sustain the upward trend and to attract 60 million tourists in year 2023 for 100th year of Republic of Turkey. We are also pleased that the tourism and cultural relations between UAE and other GCC countries and Turkey remain strong and authentic in the longer term".
- Mr. Sedat Gonulluoglu, the Cultural & Information Attache of the Turkish Culture & Information Office in Dubai Mr. Sedat Gonulluoglu, the Cultural & Information Attache of the Turkish Culture & Information Office in Dubai